: Estonian Brief
The battle of Cesis was a huge
victory for the Estonians, but that was over a week ago and the Iron
Division (Freikorps) and Baltic Landeswehr (local German militia) under
von der Goltz have retreated precipitously and are now lined up outside
Riga. The Estonians are itching to finish the Germans off and capture Riga.
The position is very strong, with almost all of it behind large
water features – except for along the Daugava River (Duna,
near Salaspils, which is where this scenario occurs.
You command the Estonian 3rd
Regiment. You have marched from Cesis guarding the southern flank of
the army and only on 1 July did your first elements run into the enemy
between Zekul and Salaspils.
The entire Estonian southern army has been ordered to attack in the
early morning, ensuring that other sectors will draw enemy reserves
away. An allied Latvian battalion across the Maza Jugla have been
ordered to attack at the Zekul ferry.
In order not to interfere with the Latvians, you have been ordered to
attack and take the riverside road and rail line into Riga. This will
mean clearing Salaspils and Kirchholm of the enemy. If all goes well,
you are to pursue the enemy into Riga.
You have no reserves behind you and your Latvian neighbours across the
Maza Jugla River cannot support you. You have only the most indirect
telephone contact with HQ. Basically you are on your own.
Your map is basically accurate,
but a bit vague and does not show many small details. You may, however,
question local peasants about any particular items of interest. They
may also guide your troops up to the enemy front lines, to prevent them
The area is extremely flat, with the highest hills (orange circles)
only 20 metres above river level. The two highest points are the church
steeple at Kirchholm and the Selekas hill but even these rarely see
over the forest trees.
The Dvina and Maza Jugla rivers are not fordable and neither side has
had time to accumulate any boats. The local streams are slow and are
not greatly cut into the ground: they are only difficult to cross when
boggy. They have a little bit of scrub along them sometimes.
The area is scattered with small farms, mostly only a few buildings
sometimes surrounded by fences, hedges or trees, but these make
crossing the open areas rather easier than if they were entirely bare.
They also provide night-time quarters for your men, so there is no need
to place them in the main villages (although they will greatly prefer
Houses are standard log cabin types except for major stone buildings at
Kirchholm and Zekul (churches) and Amalienhof and Salaspils (manors).
The railway station at Salaspils is pretty perfunctory, just a small
low station building and platform. Many of the smaller
“villages” are really just a loose collection of
The rye crops also provide some cover if infantry take care to move
through them slowly, but the hay has been gathered so the grass itself
is short. There are no hedges or fences, and rare ditches along the
roads or near boggy areas. The farmers usually do not farm boggy areas
(except sometimes to make hay) so most open space is good going.
The forests are not particularly dense with little undergrowth but most
are quite boggy – your map shows the worst bits, but there is
guarantee it is 100% accurate. Infantry and cavalry can move through
the dry forests without a huge deal of difficulty, although keeping
oriented is difficult in such flat land. There are lots of small
unmarked paths used for gathering firewood and berries which are
passable to artillery with difficulty.
The weather has been warm and dry for a while. Sunrise is at
and sunset is 20:20 (St Petersburg time).
Although they have been
reinforced since your decisive victory at Cesis, the local villagers
report that the Germans’ morale is poor. They are lining the
Jugla river to Zekul, and then their line heads south to the Dvina
You know that you are facing the Iron Division, who have been here for
several days now, and it can reasonably be assumed that there is at
least one regiment in your sector (perhaps 1,000 men). Locals
inform you that they have “dozens” of cavalry and 8
guns (opinions differ!). They probably have more machine-guns than you.
They have total air superiority.
1st Company – 3 bases
2nd Company – 3 bases
3rd Company – 3 bases
4th Company – 3 bases
1st MG Platoon –
5th Company – 2
6th Company – 2 bases
7th Company – 2 bases
8th Company – 2 bases
2nd MG Platoon – 1 base
9th Company – 2
10th Company – 2 bases
11th Company – 2 bases
12th Company – 2 bases
3rd MG Platoon – 1 base
MG Company – 2
Foot Scouts Detachment – 2 bases
Horse Scouts Detachment – 1 base
3rd Battery, 3rd Arty Rgt – 1 x 6" Schneider howitzer base
4th Battery, 3rd Arty Rgt – 1 x British 18 pounder base
You are desperately short on all communications equipment. You have a
couple of telephone receivers and two kilometres of wire. Your
artillery carry enough rounds for 40 minutes shooting, and a further 40
minutes worth in a resupply convoy (with limited mobility). The scouts
are your best men – though the mounted scouts are not much
good as horsemen they are fine once dismounted.
Your men are well and eager to take on the enemy.
(In this scenario a base represents approximately 30 fighting men, 4
MGs or 2 guns.)
The main enemy body is along
the Kirchholm to Zekul line, although he may have pickets out in front.
You should attack early in the morning (but not before dawn, given how
early that is!) marching up with the bulk of your units from Ukskula,
where they have spent the night.